Ameobi to leave Newcastle, manager Pardew pays tribute

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi will conclude his tenure at St. James’ Park this summer when his contract expires, according to Sky Sports.

Ameobi made his debut for the Magpies in 2000, and has gone on to make 397 appearances in the black and white shirt. He has spent his entire professional career at the club, save for a brief loan spell with Stoke in 2008. He has scored 79 times for the club, with almost 10% of those goals coming in games against bitter rivals Sunderland, but the 32-year-old must find a new home this summer.

Ameobi was keen to thank the Geordie supporters, saying: “Following discussions with Newcastle United, both parties felt it was the right time for us to part company. I’ve been at Newcastle United all my career and I’ve enjoyed every moment and always worn the famous shirt with pride. I am now looking forward to starting a new chapter in my career.

“I would like to place on record a big thank you to everyone at Newcastle United. I wish the club great success in the future and I’m sure with the team and management they have, Newcastle United will go from strength to strength.

“Finally, a big thank you to the supporters who have always been fantastic. I hope to come back to Newcastle United one day in some capacity to help repay some of the faith and loyalty that everybody connected to the club has shown me during my time here.”

Manager Alan Pardew was keen to acknowledge Ameobi’s contribution over the years, saying: “I would like to thank each of these players for the effort, attitude and application they have put in while at the club.

“However, I have to make a special mention of Shola Ameobi, who has been an incredible servant to Newcastle United. Such loyalty and commitment in the modern game is rare and Shola was not just a great player on the pitch but a key figure off it too.

“He is a leader of men, a great role model for our younger players and I wish him well for the remainder of his career.”

The “these players” Pardew referred to include a list of other Newcastle faces who are set to depart the club alongside Ameobi, including Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong, who return to QPR and Borussia Monchengladbach respectively following their loan spells.

Dan Gosling and Conor Newton will also leave, with youngsters Michael Richardson, Steven Logan, Brandon Miele and Jonathan Mitchell rounding off the queue through the exit door on Tyneside.

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